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Sustainable Travel Experiences in JAPAN

Adventure in the Great Outdoors

Adventure in the Great Outdoors

Nearly 70% of Japan’s terrain is blanketed by forest, making it one of the world’s greenest destinations and a haven for outdoor explorers. Nature lovers are spoiled for choice, with rich bio-diverse woodlands, snow-capped mountains, rushing rivers and 32,800 kilometers of coastline to explore. In this deep wilderness, traditional Satoyama communities who have lived harmoniously with nature for generations are also being rediscovered through sustainable outdoor activities. From guided treks through untamed forests to canyoning in wild rapids, kayaking in serene nature, hiking along sacred pilgrimage routes, snorkeling in otherworldly surroundings, cycling through national parks and more, Japan’s great outdoors abounds in recreational opportunities for travelers. Get off the beaten track and plan an adventure surrounded by natural beauty.

Experience 1,100 years of history on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes


Reconnect with nature and discover Yoshino-Kumano National Park



As a UNESCO World Heritage Site located within Wakayama Prefecture, winner of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2021 sustainability award, the pedigree of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes speaks for itself. Arriving at the Kii Peninsula and entering the majestic Yoshino-Kumano National Park reveals a world of time-honored splendor in nature. For thousands of years, pilgrims have hiked these spiritual trails that pass by exquisite features, including the Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, towering Nachi Waterfall and enchanted forests. Even before organized religion existed in Japan, these forests and mountains were considered sacred for the pilgrims that traveled here on solemn journeys in awe of nature’s power. Now, you can follow in their footsteps and join a local English-speaking guide on your own sojourn of peace and serenity. As a valuable travel location prized for its basis in sustainable outdoor activity, you can connect deeper with this tradition on a 1-hour, 3-hour, or multi-day trek.


Kumano Travel

14-6 Minato, Tanabe-shi, Wakayama



Traverse stunning Lake Shikotsu on a kayak tour immersed in nature


Find crystal clear waters on a peaceful excursion


© Ocean Days


Located within the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Lake Shikotsu Caldera was formed by an enormous volcanic eruption more than 40,000 years ago, and is a true natural wonder. Observing the environment here across all seasons will reward visitors, including resplendent views of trees blooming on the nearby mountains in
spring, or salmon darting across the lake’s transparent, emeraldgreen waters in autumn. For over ten years in a row, the waters of Lake Shikotsu have been recognized as the clearest in Japan. This clarity offers incredible views of the lake bottom, and the surrounding mountains are reflected on its surface like a mirror. There’s no better way to enjoy this stunning location than by kayak. Not only does this enable you to explore the lake at your own pace, but you are helping to preserve its purity by leaving the boat engine behind.


Ocean days

Bangaichi, Shikotsukoonsen, Chitose-shi, Hokkaido



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